Relational Communication Continuity and Change in Personal Relationships

ISBN-10: 0534561608

ISBN-13: 9780534561604

Edition: 2nd 2000 (Revised)

Authors: Julia T. Wood

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This text is a sophisticated and comprehensive integration of current theory and research on communication and relationships. It emphasizes communication as the primary process through which individuals create, develop, and sustain intimate relationships while exploring the many ways gender, culture, and social context affect communication in personal interactions.
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List price: $199.95
Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2000
Publisher: Wadsworth
Publication date: 3/17/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 352
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

Julia Wood joined the faculty at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill when she was 24. During her 37 years on the faculty, she taught classes and conducted research on personal relationships and on gender, communication, and culture. She was named the Lineberger Distinguished Professor of Humanities and the Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Distinguished Professor of Graduate Education. She has published 25 books and 100 articles and book chapters. In addition, she has presented more than 100 papers at professional conferences and campuses around the United States. She has received 14 awards honoring her teaching and 16 awards recognizing her scholarship. She received her B.A. from North Carolina State University, her M.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her Ph.D. from The Pennsylvania State University.

Key Concepts
Themes of Relational Communication
Personal Relationships Are Distinct
Human Choices Influence Personal Relationships
Communication Is a Primary Influence on Personal Relationships
Personal Relationships Are Processes
Overview of Relational Communication
The Chapters That Follow
Gender and Sex in Personal Relationships
A Personal Introduction
Conceptual Foundations For Studying Personal Relationships
Communication and Personal Relationships
Key Concepts
About This Book
Defining Personal Relationships
Continuing, Significant Interdependence
Between Particular Individuals
Voluntary Commitment
Continuously in Process
First Insights into Personal Relationships
Personal Relationships Vary
Personal Relationships Affect Identity
Personal Relationships Share Common Features
Influences on Personal Relationships
Assuming Agency
Acting on Knowledge
Ensuring Mutual Commitment and Investment
Dealing with Uncertainty
For Further Reflection and Discussion
Recommended Readings
Theoretical Insights into Personal Relationships
Key Concepts
Theorizing Society
The Generalized Other
Theorizing Social Communities
Standpoint Theory
Attachment Theory
Theorizing Individuals
Constructivism or Social Cognition Theory
Changes in Scripts
Theorizing Relationship Dynamics
Systems Theory
Social Exchange Theory
Dialectical Theory
Turning Points
For Further Reflection and Discussion
Recommended Readings
Communication: The Central Dynamic in Personal Relationships
Key Concepts
Communication as Symbolic Interaction
Symbols and Meaning
Premises About Communication
Communication Is Rule Guided
Communication Involves Two Levels of Meaning
Individuals Punctuate Communication
Contexts of Communication Affect Meanings
Meanings Are Not Necessarily Shared by Partners
Listening Is at Least as Important as Talking
Metacommunication Can Improve Relationships
Dual Perspective Is Critical for Effective Communication in Personal Relationships
Communication Is Not Always Consistent
In Personal Relationships, Partners Affect Each Other
For Further Reflection and Discussion
Recommended Readings
Relational Culture: The Nucleus of Intimacy
Key Concepts
Relational Culture
Defining Relational Culture
Features of Relational Culture
Central Dynamics of Relational Culture
Relational Dialectical Processes
Responding to Dialectics
Organizing Structures
Symbolic Practices
For Further Reflection and Discussion
Recommended Readings
The Social Context of Personal Relationships
Key Concepts
The Best and Worst of Times
Culture as a Context of Intimacy
Cultures Legitimate Only Some Personal Relationships
Sex Roles in Relationships
Changes in Cultural Views of Relationships
Current Social Trends
Transience as a Way of Life
Pluralistic Values
Proliferating Family Forms
Reconfiguring Personal Identity
Relational Selves
Saturated Selves
Affirming Personal Agency
Influence, Not Determination
The Agency of Relational Selves
Catching Ourselves
For Further Reflection and Discussion
Recommended Readings
The Evolution of Personal Relationships
Launching Personal Relationships
Key Concepts
A Developmental Perspective on Intimacy
Initial Developmental Thinking: Linear, External Models
Individual Interpretations of Relationship Development
Turning Points
Sources of Relationship Knowledge
Initial Interaction: The Genesis of Relationships
Communicating Interest
Interpreting Others
Explorational Communication: Reducing Uncertainty
Breadth of Information
Depth of Information
Developmental Dialogue
Tendencies in Early Relationship Development
Features of Early Interaction
Complications of Early Interaction
For Further Reflection and Discussion
Recommended Readings
Committing to Personal Relationships
Key Concepts
Passionate Love and Commitment: Different Issues
Companionate Features
Sex Differences
Styles of Love
Primary Styles of Love
Secondary Styles of Love
Understanding Your Love Style
Communication Processes During Committing
Private Intensifying
Personalized Communication
Building Relational Culture
Publicizing the Relationship
Intimate Commitment
Preparing to Commit
The Meaning of Commitment
For Further Reflection and Discussion
Recommended Readings
Maintaining and Repairing Personal Relationships
Key Concepts
Alternative Approaches to Relationship Continuity
Early Approaches to Relationship Continuity
Social Exchange
A Dialogical Approach
Everyday Rhythms in Personal Relationships
Routines for Contact
Common Involvements
Patterns of Interaction
Everyday Talk
Managing Disagreements
Revitalizing Relationships
Dynamic Equilibrium: Change as Constant
Sources of Relationship Change
Systemic Change
Strategies to Maintain and Repair Relationships
Maintaining Relationships
Repairing Relationships
Gendered Standpoints on Personal Relationships
Feminine Standpoints on Personal Relationships
Masculine Standpoints on Personal Relationships
Tensions Between Gendered Views of Relationships
For Further Reflection and Discussion
Recommended Readings
Transforming and Ending Personal Relationships
Key Concepts
Processes of Relationship Deterioration
Dyadic Breakdown
Intrapsychic Phase
Dyadic Phase
Social Phase
Grave Dressing
Symptoms and Sources of Decline in Personal Relationships
Deterioration in Communication
Destructive Conflict
Changes in Standards for Evaluating Relationships
Major Transgressions
Partners' Reflections
Ending and Redefining Personal Relationships
Parting Ways
Living with Languished Intimacy
Trial Separations (Recess)
Suspending Interaction
Transforming Personal Relationships
For Further Reflection and Discussion
Recommended Readings
Summing Up: Communication, Choice, Commitment, and Change in Personal Relationships
Communication Creates Identity
Communication Creates Personal Relationships
"Small" Choices
Personal Changes
Relationship Changes
Cultural Changes
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